Re: Use of Email in Group Decision Making
From: Jose Marquez (
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 16:55:15 -0700 (MST)

> Have any cohousing groups developed methods for decision
> making by email?  (Particularly groups who have not yet moved in
> to cohousing.)


We at Ciel/Duwamish have been dealing with the email issue quite a bit
lately.  We have pretty much done the following:

- Email List #1 is for basic business stuff...when and where a meeting is,
social event announcements, logistical info., etc.

- Email List #2 is called the Couch List and is for discussing issues other
than business.

We found that when discussion items were casually discussed it let to a lot
of misunderstanding and frustration and fear, etc.  So while we recently had
a Dynamic Facilitation Training and talked about gathering information with
specific questionaires over email, I think that otherwise it is a difficult
medium for most folks to use well.


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